Cult craze of spoof Amazon critiques

From a bottle of methylated spirit being described as “a drink to enjoy with friends in a park”, to tin foil deemed “by far the best for making aluminium shield hats to ward of aliens”, we think the new craze for spoof Amazon reviews is hilarious.

Amazon Kirby Bag review

Amazon Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Bag review

Microwave for One

Microwave for One

19 of 26 people found the following review helpful

19 of 26 people found the following review helpful

The Observer attributes the craze to ‘the original spoof reviewer’ Henry Raddick, who famously reviewed The English Cocker Spaniel Handbook. Raddick, who had a pet spaniel called Barry, wrote, “I enjoyed the book immensely and, although I have a sneaking suspicion that Barry is using the book as porn, I wholeheartedly recommend it.” Raddick continued, “I’m reassured to read that the sin of Adam is not upon Barry even though he does not accept Christ as his saviour.”

Spoof Amazon Uranium Ore review

Spoof Amazon Uranium Ore review

As for the bottle of Methylated spirit, a reviewer named ‘Barkas’ enthused: “From the moment you remove the cap you realise you’re in for a treat. Fresh, bright, smoky, with a mineral edge and rounded, fruity nose. Mid weight and bold, possessing some edge and no little bite, yet remaining smooth, balanced and satisfying. This is a drink to enjoy with friends in a park. Highly recommended.”

This particular spoof review has also played havoc with Amazon’s famed algorithms, which enable the site to recommend buyers other products they may be interested in, based on what they have bought previously. The glowing review in question caused Amazon to recommend methylated spirit to customers who had bought bottles of Chateau Latour.

Spoof Amazon review for methylated spirit

Spoof Amazon review for methylated spirit

Our favourite is a serious literary review of a book intended for young children. The reviewer hilariously calls the book ‘misleading’ as he/she vents their disappointment that the entire plot of the story is revealed in the title. “There is no mystery. There is no twist. Baby’s belly button is right where it’s supposed to be, on baby’s stomach. Right where it clearly SHOWS you it is on the COVER OF THE BOOK.” The mystery reviewer also complains that “there is no conflict, no character development, and scarcely any plot.”

We’ve bought a fair amount of stuff from Amazon here at Seven Creative Towers.  We always take the reviews with a pinch of salt and make sure we consider the spectrum of star ratings, but there are few that leave us rolling on the floor laughing. As for detracting from honest, helpful reviews, we think it’s nice to have a bit of comedy.

Hurrah for bringing satire to Amazon!

Spoof Amazon review for English Grammar for Dummies

Spoof Amazon review for English Grammar for Dummies

Spoof Amazon review for a turtle backpack

Spoof Amazon review for a turtle backpack

Spoof Amazon review for mascara

Spoof Amazon review for mascara

Spoof Amazon review for milk

Spoof Amazon review for milk

Spoof Amazon book review

Spoof Amazon book review

Spoof Amazon t-shirt review

Spoof Amazon t-shirt review

Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap

Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap

How to Avoid Huge Ships

How to Avoid Huge Ships

Sim City review

Sim City review

Uranium Ore

Uranium Ore

Paul Ross

Paul Ross

A Whole New World - Peter Andre and Jordan

A Whole New World – Peter Andre and Jordan

A Whole New World again

A Whole New World again

Paul Ross 20" canvas

Paul Ross 20″ canvas

Ulysse Nardin Zeitmesser mit Komplikationen Circus Minute Repeater 740-88

Ulysse Nardin Zeitmesser mit Komplikationen Circus Minute Repeater 740-88

Box Canvas Print of ADOLF HITLER/IN 1939 from Mary Evans

Box Canvas Print of ADOLF HITLER/IN 1939 from Mary Evans

Aluminium Foil 18" (450mm x 75m) - industrial size for your kitchen or professional establishment

Aluminium Foil 18″ (450mm x 75m) – industrial size for your kitchen or professional establishment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Chris

May 7th, 2012 at 12:29 pm